Germac, can really feel the frustrations n worries you went thru. For your case, cos the level of jaundice e is not dangerously high in the first week, perhaps that why doc did not ask you to supplement with fm. For my case, my baby jaundice went up to 358 n still hovers around 270+ after 3 weeks, so the reason why I was to to supplement with fm was to Cfm that it was breast milk jaundice n not other underlying liver prob. When I supplemented with fm for 2 days, level went up instead if down, thus doc quickly referred me to liver specialist. I read that worse case scenario, if truly a case of liver disease n need a liver transplant, got to do it within 60 days of birth if not baby will not survive more than 3 yrs.
so usu doc wants to b cautious to b sure. After we saw the liver specialist, we were more assured n got to know more about jaundice. So, we can't say that doc who ask you to supplement with fm are bad or doc who did not ask you to supplement are good cos really depend on baby n mummy. For my case, I had high blood during preg so prolonged jaundice is common for babies like mine.
I continued to bf when the liver specialist was convinced that it was not liver disease.
what I m trying to say is, sometimes we really need to assess the situation n deliver the best solution. Tho breast milk is the best milk, if there is a need to supplement for what so ever reasons n for the best interest of baby, I think we should let go. I was extremely upset when told to supplement with fm cos I have so much milk. My hubby was the one who told me to weight the pros b cons.
what ever the reason to supplement with fm, as long as you get to continue bf after that, is really fine. A few dAys of fm is insignificant if you r going to bf for long. So I hope mummies will weigh the pros n cons, asses the situation, look at mummy n baby's health condition before deciding whether to supplement. Internet, diff doc say diff things so its up to your maternal instinct to make the best decision!